Driven to death by phone scammers
The phone calls wouldn't stop.
The man on the other end of the line made promises of a big payoff: millions of dollars in prize money. But first the IRS needed $1,500 in taxes, he insisted, then the jackpot would arrive at the family home, a camera crew ready to capture the excitement.
The calls came a couple of times a day; other times, nearly 50.
Mr. Albert, we need the money to be sent today ...
Don't hang up the phone, Mr. Albert ...
Mr. Albert, don't tell your wife about this ...
Oct 7, 2015, 10:08 pm - Lottery News forum
[UPDATE] D.C. woman who tried to redeem faulty ticket admitted to forging second 'winner'
By Todd Northrop
A Washington, D.C. woman who enlisted the help of local media to try and claim a faulty Virginia Lottery scratch-off ticket actually tried to claim a second lottery ticket of the same exact game that she admitted was a forgery.
Lottery Post reported Wednesday morning that Ardella Newman of Washington, D.C. is taking the Virginia Lottery to task for denying her claim of a scratch-off ticket that she claims is worth $20,000. The Virginia Lottery had issued a statement that t ...
Sep 9, 2015, 7:48 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ Lottery officials still investigating cause of massive outage
The exact cause and circumstances of a five-day outage that blocked nearly half of New Jersey's lottery retailers from selling printed tickets like Pick 3 and Mega Millions earlier this month are still a mystery, but a few determinations are unanimous.
The blackout, although anomalous, was unacceptable, may have been detected sooner and should have been handled better, state officials and executives from Northstar New Jersey, the group responsible for the lottery's sales and marketing, said a ...
Aug 20, 2015, 8:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Calif. gas station off the hook in lottery ticket probe
A Palmdale, California, gas station employee who mistakenly gave $75 to an undercover state compliance officer instead of advising him that he was the holder of a lottery ticket worth $75,000 did not commit fraud, lottery officials said Thursday.
California Lottery officials said they were satisfied that the incident was a result of the clerk's misunderstanding of those procedures and that their investigation of the gas station was over.
Now we are going to move on, lottery spokesman Russ ...
May 8, 2015, 8:59 am - Lottery News forum
NJ Lottery investigating retailer lottery ticket 'discounting' practices
Some people seem to have all the luck. And in New Jersey, some of the luckiest people are retailers who sell lottery tickets.
Or so it appears from the New Jersey Lottery's list of winners.
An Asbury Park Press review of Lottery claims submitted since 2009 found that half of the 20 most frequent prizewinners are either licensed lottery retailers or family members of store operators.
As a group, those 10 people collected 840 prizes totaling almost $1.8 million, the Press found. About 70 ...
Dec 6, 2014, 11:30 am - Lottery News forum
California lottery retailers investigated for massive prize claims
Are California Lottery retailers beating the odds, or is there something more going on?
A local media investigation found some store owners cashing in winning lottery tickets at surprising rates.
It's one of the winningest lottery stores in the Bay Area: Dolce Espresso in San Jose has reported 212 winning tickets worth $600 or more in the past decade. The luckiest winner is owner Minh Nguyen. He's claimed 87 of them.
At the Jelly Donut in Daly City, owner Frank Huynh claimed 15 winning ...
Oct 31, 2014, 1:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery still hunting mystery Hot Lotto winner [video]
Includes video report
Iowa investigators are asking the public for help in identifying the person who bought a lottery ticket worth $14.3 million that spawned a bizarre, two-year fraud investigation.
Investigators want to learn the identity of a white man wearing a hooded sweatshirt who purchased the lottery ticket at a QuikTrip near Interstate Highway 80 on Dec. 23, 2010, said Dave Jobes, an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation assistant director, during a news conference Thursday. The ...
Oct 10, 2014, 8:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery investigating frequent winners
The top lottery winners in Ohio have claimed hundreds of large prizes over the past decades, some in such short spans of time that it seemingly defies the odds and has prompted investigations by the Ohio Lottery.
State lottery investigators track multiple-winners to look for retailers who are either stealing prizes for themselves or store employees turning in tickets for others wanting to avoid paying off debts.
A local newspaper examined every prize claim of $600 or more going back to the ...
Sep 15, 2014, 8:29 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery cracks down on 'shadow winners'
The Georgia Lottery is launching a full-scale effort to crack down on so-called shadow winners people who take a percentage of the prize to stand in for the real winner.
Anyone with a winning ticket over $600 must show the Georgia Lottery proof of ID to collect their money. Before that cash is handed out, though, the Georgia Lottery checks to see whether the winner owes any back taxes or court-ordered judgments such as child support or educational loans.
If that's you, a shadow winner can ...
Sep 12, 2014, 9:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Cottage industry helps lottery winners dodge taxes
With few rules or law enforcement to stop it, a cottage industry has popped up to help lottery winners avoid taxes, child support, and other debts, potentially costing the state and federal governments millions in lost revenue.
Enterprising merchants risking charges of aiding tax evasion are openly hawking losing lottery tickets on Craigslist and eBay to help winners offset the profits with phony gambling losses.
If you need the losers to write off for taxes, read one ad, since removed, f ...
Aug 7, 2014, 11:33 am - Lottery News forum